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No. 5, Silver Coins (Go, Nanryô), from the series Famous Horses (Meiba soroe)

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Poems translated in Carpenter et al 2008, p. 360. The titles and poems in this series play on the names of famous horses in Japanese history. Nanryô was the name of a twelfth-century warrior's horse mentioned in Heike monogatari.


Poem by Kirakuan Mitsumaro: Shirokane no/ iro utsukushiki/ hito hira no/ yuki chirikakaru/ hana no shitabushi Poem by Chikujuen Shigeyasu: Funazoko no/ makura o yosete/ hana no nami/ miru zo tanoshiki/ haru no fukagawa Poem by Ichiryûken Kazutori: Yuki tokeshi/ mizu no nagare ya/ mizu kiyoki/ itsutsu no machi no/ hoka no ukareme


Nisei Yanagawa Shigenobu ga


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1834 (Tenpô 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), #238


Shikishiban; 20.8 x 18 cm (8 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper